Nirmala Sitharaman

NIIFL Signs Agreement with Tamil Nadu for Renewable Energy Projects

The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Ltd (NIIFL) has announced that it has signed an MoU with the Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Development Board (TNIDB) to attract investment in infrastructure development in the southern state. This will also include attracting commercial capital in the renewable energy sector. The State Government of Tamil Nadu has set up […]

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Launches ‘Women in Solar Energy’ Portal

Women should be at the center of energy transition and drive India’s renewable energy journey growth story, says India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman at the NSEFI’s (National Solar Energy Federation of India) ‘Women in Energy’ event. On November 21, 2022, The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) hosted a conference on women in the […]

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Mizoram Looks Towards Centre to Fund Solar Water Pumps

An official statement from the State Government of Mizoram has revealed that the State has asked for funding from the Central Government for solar water pumps. The pumps are to assist the farmers of the State and help provide water for farm irrigation. The statement held that last week, the Agriculture Minister C Lalrinsanga had […]

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EV Batteries in 5% GST Bracket to Support Faster Adoption

The GST rates on lithium-ion battery packs have been reduced by the government from 18 percent to 5 per cent which is the lowest tax category. A statement by the Finance Ministry held, “Electric vehicles, whether or not fitted with a battery pack, are eligible for the concessional GST rate of 5 percent.” This was […]

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NSEFI Writes To Fin Min For GST Concessions On Green Technologies

Leading solar body NSEFI (National Solar Energy Federation of India) has pitched to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, asking for concessional GST and custom duties on emerging technologies and goods essential to encouraging the green transition. “As emerging technologies require time and scale to reach price parity with existing carbon-based energy systems, concessional GST & Custom […]

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EV Charging- current status/ challenges and way forward

By Kunwer Sachdev India’s interest in adopting clean mobility is now firm and clear. The government of India has taken steps towards encouraging an EV ecosystem in the country through the FAME policies, reduction of GST on EVs, and most recently, the Production Linked Incentives. The idea is to create an economic environment for EV […]

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Budget 2022. Keep Up The Good Work, Says FM To RE Sector

In her shortest budget speech till date in four years, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stuck to the big picture, leaving the fine details of the budget to be understood later. It would be safe to say that with key reform measures still in the pipeline, such as the Electricity (Amendment Bill) Bill, we might see […]

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The 2021 Roadmap For Solar

With Budget 2021 finally behind us, India’s renewable energy sector, particularly solar has to reckon with a new reality finally. The renewable energy sector, especially solar, will have the government’s ear, but don’t expect any major moves anytime soon, as the government grapples with broader issues across the economy. Solar at least has the comfort […]

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Rs 1000 Cr Capital Infusion to Enable SECI to Float 15 GW Tenders Annually

Capital infusion of Rs 1000 crore to SECI in the new budget, will enable the agency to float 15 GW tenders annually. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech for fiscal 2021-22 announced the capital augmentation of Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA). In her […]

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